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Book Review – India's First in Science and Technology: A Journey in Images by Matiur Rahman & Tausif Ahmed Sayed

India’s contribution in the field of science & technology, medical, and biotech has been underplayed by simply glorifying Western countries scientists that invented bulb, electricity, locomotive, aircrafts, and so on. However, contemplation of scientific discoveries and innovations never careened off in India in last 120 years. Nowadays, the world knows that India only produced more than a few legendry scientists like Dr. Homi Jehangir Bhabha, Dr. Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai, and Dr. A.P.J .Abdul Kalam.

Delhi based NGO – START (Search for Truth and Return to Science) – has taken a kind leap of introducing ‘First indigenous achievements’ in science & technology, biotech, and medicine of Indians. They bring on the table a list of twenty achievements, which are ‘First’ in their fields, pioneering those particular innovations and discoveries, and setting examples for the world.

This book highlights the glory through twenty stories of achievements, celebrations, and fulfillment. Did you know the man who invented first in India X-ray engineering equipment, the same person is also behind the instrument for physiotherapy which was used by the British- Indian soldiers in World War II?

Where was the first IIT was institutionalized and under what conditions? Where was the first female cardiologist of pre-independence India born?  Do you have any idea about ionosphere…who established its tower and where…and what does it do in satellite communication?

The book is not a heavy gimmick read. The pictures inside it take the lead and narrated the backstage stories with minimum words. You must note that it is a picture book. Also, the pictures used in the book aren’t AI created or Googled, they are real with buildings, equipments, persons, and so on. Enthusing an aura of authenticity! The book at one time gives a feel as one is walking down a memory lane in a museum, not frequented by many.

Such books are aimed to give wings to contribution that lays in abeyance, so that it could be recognized by our societies, schools, colleges, and the current generation. Both the authors have given proper space, images, and content to make this book a fruitful endeavour. Highly recommended to archive the information of forgotten scientists, places and innovations that were first by the Indians in the modern history!

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